Struggling to find time for exercise and healthy eating?
If that is true for you, you could be saying YES when you really need to say NO.
YES to constantly working past your scheduled hours (even though in your heart of hearts you know that you'll never "catch up").
YES to friends who sabotage your healthy eating plans by buying your favorite treats or making you feel guilty for making better decisions.
YES to your kid's emergencies that really amount to poor planning on their part and enabling on your part.
YES to Wednesday bible study, Thursday choir rehearsal, serving on the Usher Board, running errands throughout the week and serving all day Sunday every Sunday.
It's time to start checking your T.I.R.E.S. before you say YES to yourself and others.
Time: Is the time that I am being asked to do something open on my calendar? Hint: Before you can truly answer that, answer this: Do I have an up-to-date calendar with all of my work, family, ministry, and personal commitments for the month on them?
Interest: Am truly interested in being a part of this? Or am I tempted to respond out of obligation AKA people-pleasing behavior?
Relevance: How does the ask relate to my God given purpose, goals and aspirations? Does it bring me closer to the things that are truly important to me or take me further away? Have I consulted God on if this is the "highest and best use" of my time? Or should something else trump this?
Energy: Given all that I have on my plate do I or will I have the mental, emotional, and physical energy needed to fulfill this ask? Hint: In order to answer this question accurately, you must have an up-to-date calendar AND awareness of the mental, emotional, and physical impacts of participating in those activities.
Skill set: Does what I am being asked to do align with my strengths? Or is it going to take me twice as long to get this done because it is not my strong-suit? Do the developmental opportunities associated with the activity feel right intuitively (i.e. Are these things that God has been speaking to me about directly or through others)?
Until next time,
coach tam's Blog
40-something who loves food, fitness, and fun!